The Judds join the Country Music Hall of Fame

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – Country legends came to the Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday. The ceremony was filled with tears, music and laughter, just a day after the unexpected death of Naomi Judd.

The loss of Naomi Judd altered the normally celebratory ceremony, but the music continued, as singers and musicians of the genre mourned the country legend while celebrating the four inductees: The Judds, Ray Charles, Eddie Bayers and Pete Drake. Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill and more performed their hit songs.

The emotion was visible on stage, as many people offered their condolences and even the family said a few words.

Sisters Wynonna and Ashley Judd said a few words as they remembered their mother who died on Saturday. They accepted the enthronement amid tears, holding each other and reciting a Bible verse together.

“I’m sorry she couldn’t hold on until today,” Ashley Judd said of her mother to the crowd as she cried. Wynonna Judd spoke about the family reunion as they said goodbye to her and she and Ashley Judd recited Psalm 23.

“Though my heart is broken, I will continue to sing,” Wynonna Judd said.

Pete Drake was the first of the evening to be welcomed into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

It was followed by two performances and his wife accepted his medallion. Eddie Bayers was next to be honoured, and finally legendary musician Ray Charles.

The ceremony demonstrated that even in tough times like tonight, members of the music industry support each other.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Toya J. Bell